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David Williams

Training Specialist , Arvato

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Is the increased maturity of children leading us to educate them wrong?

In modern first world culture children not have much more access to information through multimedia and technology. Censors are more lenient, mobile internet more prevalent, access to knowledge and people is easier than ever.

Children as a result are less likely to ask questions and may be more inclined to self educate in areas of curiosity and interest. Does this new access to to information that would be previously staggered and controlled mean that children are maturing quicker and education needs to account for this?

Adults learn because they want to or have to, unlike children can be told to, will this now change?

Do we need to take more form Andragogy to apply to our Pedagogies?


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  • Sep 11 2013: David, my opinion is that just because kids are searching for knowledge doesn't mean they are maturing. Knowledge is a dangerous thing and must be guided. Society builds up knowledge according to what is "safe" and "acceptable". Multimedia technology while is a godsend to education, is a disaster in immature minds.
    I remember a story about a kid who was obsessed with nuclear reaction. Using information from the internet he was able to extract enough radioactive materials from common electronics and actually set-up a nuclear reactor in his garage. He panicked when he realized the reaction was getting out of control and shut it down but not before he was exposed to very high levels of radiation. Too many unrestricted knowledge can be very dangerous indeed... not all kids who explore the internet have the kind of maturity to handle such information.

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